Early Treatment

A respected provider in your orthodontic care community. Located in Bossier City, Shreveport, Minden, Natchitoches, Winnifield, and Many, Louisiana, our practice's top priority is to provide you the highest quality orthodontic care in a friendly, comfortable environment.

Early Treatment

A respected provider in your orthodontic care community. Located in Bossier City, Shreveport, Minden, Natchitoches, Winnifield, and Many, Louisiana, our practice's top priority is to provide you the highest quality orthodontic care in a friendly, comfortable environment.

The Right Time for
Orthodontic Treatment

Though an orthodontist can enhance a smile at any age, there is an optimal time period to begin treatment. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that the initial orthodontic evaluation should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age 7. At this early age, orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, but vigilant examination can anticipate the most advantageous time to begin treatment.

Benefits of Early Evaluation

Early evaluation provides both timely detection of problems and greater opportunity for more effective treatment. Prudent intervention guides growth and development, preventing serious problems later. When orthodontic intervention is not necessary, an orthodontist can carefully monitor growth and development and begin treatment when it is ideal.

Why Age 7?

By the age of 7, the first adult molars erupt, establishing the back bite. During this time, an orthodontist can evaluate front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships. For example, the presence of erupting incisors can indicate possible overbite, open bite, crowding or gummy smiles. Timely screening increases the chances for an incredible smile.

Interceptive Treatment

Some of the most direct results of interceptive treatment are:

  • Creating room for crowded, erupting teeth
  • Creating facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth
  • Reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
  • Preserving space for unerupted teeth
  • Reducing the need for tooth removal
  • Reducing treatment time with braces

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